View Full Version : Panorama - Queens Museum of Art

07-01-2009, 11:18 PM
I had never heard of the Panorama exhibit until this past weekend. A friend of ours works at the Queens Museum of Art and she is the one who came up with the idea of having companies and individuals sponsor buildings, etc. You can even sponsor an apartment or a subway stop or anything of any size, big or small.

And, to emphasize, it includes all buildings throughout all five (six?) boroughs, not just Manhattan.

I love this!

For the uninformed, courtesy of Wikipedia.org (http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/queens_museum_of_art/):

The best known permanent exhibition at the Queens Museum is the Panorama of the City of New York which was commissioned by Robert Moses for the 1964 World?s Fair.

A celebration of the City?s municipal infrastructure, this 9,335-square-foot (867.2 m2) architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; that is a total of 895,000 individual structures. The Panorama was built by a team of 100 people working for the architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates in the three years before the opening of the 1964 World?s Fair. The Panorama was one of the most successful attractions at the ?64 Fair with a daily average of 1,400 people taking advantage of its 9 minute simulated helicopter ride around the City.

After the Fair the Panorama remained open to the public and until 1970 all of the changes in the City were accurately recreated in the model by Lester?s team. After 1970 very few changes were made until 1992, when again Lester Associates was hired to update the model to coincide with the re-opening of the museum. The model makers changed over 60,000 structures to bring it up-to-date.

In March 2009 the museum announced the intention to update the panorama on an ongoing basis. To raise funds and draw public attention the museum will allow individuals to and developers to have accurate models made of buildings newer than the 1992 update created and added in exchange for a donation. Accurate models of smaller apartment buildings and private homes, now represented by generic models, can also be added.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center will be replaced when the new buildings are created, the museum has chosen to allow them to remain until construction is complete rather than representing an empty hole. The first new buildings to be added was the new Citi Field stadium of the New York Mets. The model of the old Shea Stadium will continue to be displayed elsewhere in the museum.